Don't think straight, think V. 60 or 72 degrees, cant the front bank forward a bit so the back is not quite vertical, use it as a stressed member with minimal frame (maybe a spar down each side vs the huge monocoque/backbone arrangement they now have) and the tranny built into the engine cases instead of a separate unit as today. You could easily make that fit in the space of the current motor and tranny along with the monstrous frame backbone, keep the same wheelbase length (maybe a little shorter but not likely), probably lower the center of gravity a bit (depending on how you drape the fuel cell around it), and probably save 60-70 pounds of the 200 pound weight loss the bike needs right there. Move to CanBus drops another 13-15 pounds, and then let the engineers figure out the rest of the Jenny Craig plan for the beast. 145HP, 110 lb. ft. of torque, that's my prediction.meese said:Total conjecture, with no supporting evidence at all. Think maybe they're just bored and looking for interesting stories?
Besides, I can't even imagine how long an LT with a straight-6 motor would be, or how poorly it would handle.
My money is still on a 6 in line, based on the current slant 4. If you put that into a bike and put one addl. cylinder onto it left and right you would still be within the limits of the width of the current LT.scottydawg said:Ken... Remember Andy and I wanted to make bets on this ?
Agree about the V-Fours. Had a V65 Magna and later the VFR800i. So Joe what do you think of the ST1300...or not?messenger13 said:I've owned 7 V4s (Hondas) and I absolutely loved them. A V6 powerplant in the new LT would make me giddy as a school girl.
Here's to hopin'!!! :bmw:
back some years ago, I always thought I'd own an ST1100 someday, but it just never happened. And when Honda released the ST1300, well ... it just doesn't 'speak to me'. I'm sure it's a great bike, I just don't like it for a number of personal reasons. I've sat on a few, and got off and never looked back. I've probably just drank too much of the BMW Kool-Aid lately. :bmw:Beemerider said:Agree about the V-Fours. Had a V65 Magna and later the VFR800i. So Joe what do you think of the ST1300...or not?
You might be right because BMW is famous for straight sixes and have never produced a V6 that I know of.andy said:My money is still on a 6 in line, based on the current slant 4. If you put that into a bike and put one addl. cylinder onto it left and right you would still be within the limits of the width of the current LT.
I offer another friendly wager for $1.